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Carter v. Illinois Dep't of Corrections

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


February 2, 2010

KEVEN LEE CARTER, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge

ORDER

Before the Court is Plaintiff's Motion to Prepare Record on Appeal (Doc. 95), in which he seeks that the record be prepared and forwarded to the Seventh Circuit to support his arguments regarding his appeal of the judgment in this case. The Court finds part of Plaintiff's request to be moot, as it already will prepare the record of the documents he is authorized to include (see Doc. 91). Plaintiff further seeks the trial transcripts to be included as part of the Record on Appeal. Such a request is premature. Plaintiff must first obtain authorization approval to obtain a copy of the trial transcript as it has yet to be transcribed. Plaintiff has filed the requisite Seventh Circuit Transcript Information Sheet (Doc. 96) to request a copy of the trial transcript. However, Plaintiff must pay the requisite fee. Plaintiff contends, in his Motion, that he does not have the financial means to do so and because he was previously granted In Forma Pauperis ("IFP") status in this case, he should be able to obtain said transcripts free of charge. Being granted IFP status for district court proceedings simply means that Plaintiff does not have to pay the Court's filing fees to open a case and file his Complaint. It does not, however, entitle him to further items free of charge, such as copies and transcripts, especially when those items are necessary for his appeal. Plaintiff has not yet moved for nor has he been granted leave to appeal IFP and therefore, his request for transcripts at this time is DENIED. Accordingly, the Court in part FINDS AS MOOT and in part DENIES Plaintiff's Motion to Prepare Record on Appeal (Doc. 95).

IT IS SO ORDERED.

David R Her|do| Chief Judge United States District Court

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